Big Ten Network Airs Minnesota-Illinois Game

The Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Network today announced five football games the network will broadcast in primetime this fall. The five-game schedule begins opening weekend and includes two Big Ten Homecoming match-ups and three non-conference games. All games will air in high-definition, including the Minnesota-Illinois game November 3rd.

"These five primetime games demonstrate the ability of the Big Ten Network to air compelling programming on a national stage," said Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman. "Not only will Big Ten fans be able to see the games nationally, but they will enjoy in-depth analysis from the first network to be dedicated solely to the Big Ten."

The Big Ten Network primetime schedule kicks off during the opening weekend of action at 8 p.m. EDT on Sept. 1 with an in-state battle between Indiana and Indiana State, just the second meeting between the two programs since 1925. The network's second night time tilt features a game between Iowa and Syracuse at 7 p.m. CDT on Sept. 8, a rematch of the Hawkeyes' double overtime road victory in 2006. Non-conference primetime play continues on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. CDT when Northwestern meets Duke for the 15th time since 1985.  

The Big Ten Network will also feature a pair of Homecoming contests under the lights. Indiana will make its second primetime appearance on the network when it faces a road test against Michigan State and new head coach Mark Dantonio on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. EDT. The Hoosiers knocked off the Spartans last season for just the second time in 10 seasons to reclaim the Old Brass Spitoon, which has gone to the victor in this series since 1950. The conference's other new head coach will make a primetime appearance on the network on Nov. 3, when Tim Brewster leads Minnesota in a home tilt against Illinois at 7 p.m. CDT, the first meeting between the two schools since 2004.

The entire 2007 Big Ten Network football schedule and other programming details will be announced in the months leading up to the network's August launch. 

2007 Big Ten Network Primetime Football Schedule:

Sept. 1 -- Indiana State at Indiana, 8 p.m. EDT

Sept. 8 -- Syracuse at Iowa, 7 p.m. CDT

Sept. 15 -- Duke at Northwestern, 7 p.m. CDT

Oct. 13 -- Indiana at Michigan State, 7 p.m. EDT

Nov. 3 -- Illinois at Minnesota, 7 p.m. CDT 

The Big Ten will hold the 2007 Football Media Days and 36th annual Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 31 to August 1, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, featuring all 11 head coaches and some of the conference's top returning players. The 112th season of Big Ten football kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 1, with all 11 schools in action.

The Big Ten Network is a national television network, available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide, that will allow fans to see their home teams regardless of where they live. The network currently has national agreements in place with DirecTV and AT&T, and discussions with other cable and satellite providers are continuing.

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